October 29, 2010
I play a lot of video games. Therefore, I know a lot about Sevilla. They have this guy Luis Fabiano, for instance, who likes to score lots of goals and this guy Freddie Kanoute who is big and strong. And they have short, dreaded kid named Fabio Capello or something. And I always beat them 5-0 even though they finish 3rd or 4th in the league. They play a high defensive line that Messi just cuts right through every time.
So you know I'm quite the expert on how to beat this team. Guardiola no doubt logs onto Xbox Live to check out what I've done and copies my formation. Unfortunately for him, he can't just up and buy Alexandre Pato like I did, so no wonder he doesn't win with such absurd scores. That and Sevilla are actually good in real life.
October 25, 2010
It's a return to the Copa del Rey and a return to the murkier depths of Spanish professional football. Oddly, though, this trip takes the squad off the coast of North Africa and the autonomous city of Ceuta and a date with AD Ceuta, a 14-year old club in Group 4 of the Segunda B (the Andalusian group that also contains Sevilla Atlético and Betis B).
There are connections, of course, between the city of Ceuta and Barça. Nayim, a player who once beat David Seaman from near midfield to win the 1995 Cup Winners Cup, played for Barcelona B and then the first team in 1987-88 before moving on to Tottenham, Zaragoza, and finally Logroñes before becoming a manager. He's now the assistant manager at Zaragoza, who Barcelona just played this past weekend and he himself was shown a red card and sent from the bench after complaining to loudly and bitterly about the reffing.
October 21, 2010
Why are victories not as enjoyable as they used to be? Why is it that when you beat the Danish champions 2-0, take control of your Champions League group, and put in a blistering performance, the "oh, we should have won 4-0" fans come out of the woodwork to moan about lost chances? I suppose that's the sort of thing that happens to a team that plays so brilliantly for so long: expectations go up.
October 20, 2010
After a great game against Valencia on Saturday, the team returns to action today against Danish champions FC Copenhagen. They're not to be taken lightly at all, something that Guardiola has stated in his press conferences. Considering their perfect record in the CL, that's an astute move.
Guardiola even went so far as to state that this is the second most important match of the season, though he didn't elaborate on what was or is the most important one. Perhaps it was Valencia or perhaps it will be el classic in November. Perhaps it was not even a real match, but rather the Assembly that ended up suing Laporta for financial damages. One thing, at least, is clear: Copenhagen are playing a match today in Barcelona. Other than that, it's sort of up in the air.
October 17, 2010
As Puyol rose above David Navarro and smashed home the winning goal, I sighed in relief between jubilant shouts and hugs. The sigh was for our comeback, for getting out of this match with all three points, and also, and perhaps more importantly, because there's parity in La Liga this year.
Pending their result on Monday night, Villarreal could leapfrog to the top of the table, but if they don't win, five points will separate the top team from the sixth placed team. If Villarreal win, that number would be six. As a quick comparison, the Premier League's first and sixth teams are separated by seven points. It's five in Italy and eight in Germany.
October 15, 2010
|Som la gent Blau Grana
Tan se val d'on venim
Si del sud o del nord
ara estem d'acord, estem d'acord
una bandera ens agermana
|We're the blaugrana|
It doesn’t matter where we’re from
From the south or the north
We all agree, we all agree
One flag unites us in brotherhood.
The words of the FC Barcelona anthem ring a little hollow today following the announcement by Barça VP Jordi Cardoner that there will now be restrictions on club membership. These restrictions limit membership to those who are already members, were members in the past and would like to rejoin, 1st and 2nd degree family members of current members, and those under 14 who would like to join.